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AARP Foundation Litigation: A Public Interest Law Firm at the Intersection of Aging and Social Justice

AARP Foundation conducts legal advocacy through its litigating arm, AARP Foundation Litigation, which advocates for systemic change in federal and state courts nationwide to advance the legal rights and interests of people 50 and older, particularly vulnerable individuals and those living with low income. Specifically, we file and support lawsuits that will have a significant impact on senior poverty by:

  • Reducing barriers to employment, including self-employment
  • Increasing access to public and private benefits
  • Protecting consumers by stopping unlawful business practices and securing refunds for those who lost money
  • Lowering out-of-pocket costs for key expenses, such as housing, food, and health care
  • Promoting more equitable outcomes across these areas             

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AARP Foundation Supreme Court 2022 Preview





During the 2021 term, the Supreme Court returned to in-person oral arguments after over a year of conducting them remotely. For the third term in a row, the composition of the Court changed, welcoming Justice Kentanji Brown Jackson, the first Black woman to serve as a justice in the history of the Court.

The conservative justices joined to write on several hot button issues including gun rightsreligionabortion, and the environment. The Court also decided several cases that undermined the rights and interests of older adults, including residents of Puerto Rico and older adults suffering emotional distress.

This year, the Court will again hear several cases affecting the lives of people over 50. Our preview describes those cases and includes AARP Foundation attorneys’ predictions about legal issues that may reach the Court in the future.

As always, AARP Foundation will continue to advocate for and fiercely defend older adults and work for systemic change in courts across the country, including the Supreme Court.  


In the News

Court Finds Nursing Facility Violated Federal and State Laws with Involuntary Discharge of California Woman

Nursing facility residents’ right to return following a hospital stay upheld.

Read: Press Release

Court Approves Model Settlement in Lawsuit Challenging Workplace Wellness Program

Yale University has agreed to settle a class action lawsuit. 

Read: Article , WNPR Listen/Read, Press Release, Listen Take on Today podcast

Judge Rules to Merge NY Attorney General and AARP Foundation Lawsuits on Behalf of Pensioners

Suits challenge Catholic Diocese of Albany’s failure to adequately fund pensions of retirees of its affiliated hospital, St. Clare’s.

Read: News 10 (article)

AARP Foundation Files Class Action Lawsuit Seeking to Protect Nursing Facility Residents

AARP Foundation joins Equip for Equality and Chicago law firms in lawsuit against Alden Group nursing facility chain.

Read: ComplaintPress ReleaseChicago Tribune (article)

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Eighty-one cents of every dollar we spend goes toward programs and services that help low-income older adults. We have met every one of the Better Business Bureau’s 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.